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    1. Fast FT

      August 1, 2016

      European bank stocks shrug off stress tests

      Investors in the biggest losers from the EU’s banking stress tests – among them Royal Bank of Scotland and Barclays –...

    2. Fast FT

      July 13, 2016

      European banks slide; Italian lenders lead declines

      After four days of gains, European bank stocks have gone into reverse, racking up some heavy losses lead by Italian...

    1. July 7, 2016

      Bail-out nerves still shredding Italian banks stocks

      Italian bank stocks have continued to oscillate today, with some edging higher, some nursing losses, Monte dei Paschi...

    2. Fast FT

      July 5, 2016

      Monte dei Paschi shares tumble; other Italian banks bounce

      Shares in Italy’s most problematic bank, Monte dei Paschi, have slumped 9.4 per cent this morning, although the rest of...

    3. Fast FT

      June 1, 2016

      Unicredit shares back under pressure amid stability concerns

      Shares in UniCredit, Italy’s largest bank by assets, fell towards four year lows on Wednesday on ongoing concerns about...

    4. Fast FT

      June 1, 2016

      Banco Popolare fears drive down European banking stocks

      European bank stocks have made a sorry start to June, falling heavily as the prospect of another heavily discounted...

    5. Fast FT

      May 17, 2016

      Carmakers drag European stocks into red

      European equities began the day with a bounce, but have now given up all their earlier gains, dropping back into the...

    6. Fast FT

      May 16, 2016

      Merged Italian banks to announce job cuts

      Banco Popolare and Banca Popolare di Milano, the two Italian banks merging to create Italy’s third largest lender, have...

    7. Fast FT

      May 3, 2016

      Italian banking stocks still under pressure

      There is little relief for Italian banking stocks on Tuesday. Several banks are among the biggest laggers on Italy’s...

    8. Fast FT

      April 5, 2016

      February all over again? Banking stocks tumble

      Are we seeing February play out all over again? After the heavy sell-off in February banking stocks have somewhat gone...

    9. March 31, 2016

      Banco Popolare/Banca Popolare di Milano: popular remedies

      Whatever else 2016 brings, not even the wildest imagination expects a rate rise in Europe. In light of this, and the...

    10. March 30, 2016

      Italian banks weighed down by overpaid directors

      Bank boards in Italy are among the most extravagant anywhere. On a visit to Rome a year ago, Mario Draghi, the European...

    11. March 27, 2016

      Italian lenders’ tie-up paves way for consolidation

      Italy’s banking sector is braced for further consolidation following its first merger in a decade, agreed last week...

    12. March 24, 2016

      Banca Popolare di Milano and Banco Popolare agree merger deal

      Banca Popolare di Milano and Banco Popolare have agreed to merge — creating Italy’s third largest banking group by...

    13. Fast FT

      March 24, 2016

      Banca Popolare di Milano and Banco Popolare to merge

      The boards of Italian mutual banks Banca Popolare di Milano and Banco Popolare have agreed to merge, in a move which...

    14. Fast FT

      March 11, 2016

      Banks push European stocks higher

      Whoosh. Gains in European equities are accelerating as markets continue to chew over the consequences of the European...

    15. March 10, 2016

      Italy banking clean-up faces merger delay

      An Italian banking merger that executives see as a crucial step for cleaning up the sector is teetering on the brink of...

    16. Fast FT

      March 10, 2016

      Banking stocks rocket after ECB decision

      European bank stocks have risen sharply after the news of the European Central Bank’s policy changes with the Stoxx 600...

    17. January 27, 2016

      Italian banks: state paid

      When is a government guarantee not state aid? And when is a “bad bank” not a bank at all? When it is Italian, it seems....

    18. Fast FT

      January 27, 2016

      Mixed market response from Italy 'bad bank' deal

      The shares and bonds of troubled Italian lender Banca Monte dei Paschi have jumped this morning after Italy struck a...

    19. Fast FT

      January 19, 2016

      Italian bank shares suffer bruising day

      It’s been another stressful day for investors in Italian banks. The sector came under renewed pressure on Tuesday after...

    20. January 13, 2016

      Banco Popolare and Banca Popolare di Milano in merger talks

      Italian banks Banco Popolare and Banca Popolare di Milano are in advanced talks to merge, raising the prospect that a...

    21. Fast FT

      January 13, 2016

      Banco Popolare, Banca Popolare di Milano in talks

      Italian banks Banco Popolare and Banca Popolare di Milano are in talks to merge in a sign that a long anticipated...

    22. January 22, 2015

      Italy’s popolari banks: courting

      Genuine change or a cruel exercise in raising hopes, only to dash them? The former, scream shares in Italy’s popolari...

    23. January 21, 2015

      Italian bank reform to pave way for Monte Paschi takeover

      The Italian government’s decision to reform its medium-sized co-operative banks was partly driven by a desire to secure...

    24. January 20, 2015

      Italian cabinet approves bank reform bill

      Italy’s midsized popolari banks would be transformed into joint stock companies over the next 18 months under a bill...

    25. November 11, 2014

      Bad bank investors set their sights on Italian loan books

      Private equity funds hunting for European banks’ bad loans are rushing to Italy as regulators ramp up the pressure on...

    26. October 27, 2014

      European financial stocks feel stress of bank tests

      Banks set the pace at the top and bottom of Europe’s equities markets on Monday as investors got their first chance to...

    27. FT Alphaville

      June 20, 2014

      Fun with banks' fair value (and DTAs)

      Citi analysts have read 38 European banks’ annual reports for last year. People who value their sanity are not supposed...

    28. May 25, 2014

      Midsized Europe periphery banks set for cocos push

      Europe’s midsized periphery banks are preparing to join the region’s high risk, high return convertible bond bonanza as...

    29. February 14, 2014

      Milan markets welcome new prime minister

      Italy’s main equities index outperformed its European peers on Friday, as investors remained upbeat about the end of...

    30. January 27, 2014

      Banco Popolare €1.5bn rights issue sends bank shares down

      Shares in Italian banks fell sharply on Monday after Banco Popolare, Italy’s fifth-largest bank by assets, announced a...

    31. November 15, 2013

      European banks boosted by QE defence

      Europe’s main equities markets held their ground on Friday, with resource and banking stocks in demand, but the bullish...

    32. April 22, 2013

      Italian stocks lifted by re-election hopes

      Investors pushed Italian stocks to new highs for the month on hopes that the re-election of the country’s president...

    33. March 12, 2013

      Intesa chief warns of continuing challenges

      Investors in Italy must prepare for “a continuing challenging environment,” the head of its largest retail bank has...

    34. March 11, 2013

      Italian banks hurt by Fitch downgrade

      Italy’s banking sector came under pressure as investors had the first chance to react to news of a downgrade of Italian...

    35. March 11, 2013

      Italian banks urged to boost provisions

      Italian banks are under pressure from the Bank of Italy to increase provisions by an estimated €21bn as bad loans from...

    36. December 18, 2012

      Relief for Nokia as Eurofirst bounces

      Investors sent European stocks towards their highest levels of the year on optimism that a fiscal cliff deal in the US...

    37. December 10, 2012

      StanChart shrugs off US fine over Iran

      Standard Chartered shrugged off news of a US fine on Monday as the FTSE 100 crept to its highest closing level since...

    38. December 10, 2012

      Monti decision to go rattles markets

      Italy’s government borrowing costs jumped and its stock market fell sharply on Monday after Mario Monti’s weekend...

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